Hey Organized Classroom friends! I hope this week is shaping up to end well! I know so many of you are testing, or preparing to test now or in the near future and those weeks are hard on everyone. Today I have not just one, but two fun games from ThinkFun that might be an idea for a good break from the testing craziness. Both pack up small and can be transported easily, so if you have some extra time to move to a different part of the building, it might be a neat way to have a change of scenery.
The rules are pretty basic. First, the dealer lays out 12 cards as such. (PS, this would be good for mentioning arrays as well – lol.)
Students call out “Swish” when they think they are able to match cards up. A match is made when you stack one card on top of the other and the outlines and solid pieces match to make a complete shape in the same color. The students stop to agree that a Swish is made and the student who called it keeps the 2 cards as points. Two more cards are added from the draw deck and play continues until all cards are gone. The winner is the one with the most cards in his or her pile.
The visual and spatial reasoning in this game is great! It will strengthen problem solving skills and students will never realize they are actually learning with Swish Jr.
Alright, game #2 was my personal favorite and highly addicting. In fact, I had to force myself to stop playing so I could write this review! Bahahaaa! Seriously.
It is called WordARound and this one is labeled as ages 10 and up. Reason? You need to be able to read for sure. How it works:
The dealer mixes up the cards and lays them face up with their hand over the top card. When the deck is placed, the players must try to read the outer circle and find the word that is written. Here is an example:
How long did it take you? I actually found it quite challenging at first and t took me a while to realize I could read in either direction which made it even more challenging. (The word was improves by the way.) Once the first card is called, that student keeps that card and flips it over to show a color on the backside which will either be red, blue, or black.
That color then becomes the next word that is read on the next card below based on the color of the rings. So the possibilities of having the same game every time are pretty much nonexistent. I love how it can change every time the game is played. The first person to collect 10 cards wins.
WordARound was so much fun for me, but I love vocabulary and word games anyway. I can see this being used just as a fun vocabulary center too! How about grabbing one card for the week, placing it in a center, along with paper and a dictionary, and asking students to find one or all three words. Then, write them down, along with the definition or part of speech, and maybe use it in a sentence. What a fun way to practice increasing vocabulary!
I know you will enjoy these games as much as I did and so will your students. ThinkFun always has the best thinking games that are easy to play and easy to pick up. My only concern would be the noise level, so make sure you have a plan in place for adapting that if you are in an area that needs to stay relatively quiet (maybe “whisper yelling”?).
ThinkFun is also extra awesome because 2 lucky winners will each win one of these games! Yay! I will place 2 separate giveaway boxes below, so enter for either one or both! Good luck to all who enter and good luck from ThinkFun and Organized Classroom!